A support group in Bury has been awarded the King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Supporting Sisters is a support and advice group that was set up by Samia Farid, 41, to build community cohesion and support women.

The charity delivers a platform for women to become socially active and provide support and information regarding universal tax credits, housing benefits, council tax, befriending service, domestic abuse, wellbeing and isolation support, translating and/or interpreting.

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It hosts a variety of weekly sessions ranging from drop-in sessions to arts and crafts activities to promote social interaction to those most unsupported and isolated in the community.

The charity was given the award due to its consistent efforts towards tackling hate crime and domestic abuse.

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The volunteers work alongside Greater Manchester Police to make a positive impact in the community and wider society.

On winning the award, Samia said: “Currently, we are all collectively feeling very honoured and humbled to have received this prestigious award.

“It feels amazing that all our hard work has been recognised.

“A dream come true!

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“Simply being nominated was an honour in itself, achieving this award has truly been an amazing moment that we will all forever remember and has further provided us and all of our outstanding volunteers even more motivation for further Supporting Sisters projects and ambitions.”

The charity welcomes any individuals interested in volunteering.